Founded in 1976, Steppenwolf Theatre is a Chicago institution that epitomizes the city's "rock 'n' roll" theater style. Actor-oriented and design-savvy, its well-mounted Equity productions take full advantage of the group's state-of-the-art complex.
Originally founded by actors from Illinois State University who began the theater in the basement of a north suburban church, the company's star-studded ensemble now numbers some famous film and stage presences--John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Joan Allen, Laurie Metcalf and John Mahoney. Few of them perform regularly with the ensemble anymore, but most return occasionally to perform in a mainstage offering.
The theater is noted for its invigorating productions of American works, including Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" and "True West," Frank Galati's staging of "The Grapes of Wrath," Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross."
Excellent sight lines (no seat is more than 35 feet from the action and the Upstairs Theatre and Garage Theatre seats are much closer), acoustics and seats.
Also see: Steppenwolf Theatre Garage